Emotional moment as Lindsay Vonn is asked about grandfather

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Sofia Goggia is going into her first Winter Olympics with the aim of stealing the show from American superstar Lindsey Vonn. Questions about Don Kildow, and the tears they prompted were inevitable following Vonn's use of social media to pay tribute to the man who first put her on skis as a two-year-old in Wisconsin.

"I just want so badly to do well for him".

"I miss him so much", Vonn said, and there were the tears.

"I wish you hadn't said it because it's really hard for me not to cry".

'My grandfather taught my father how to ski.

This is Vonn's fourth Olympics. When I get mentally exhausted, I just get more emotional. I'm going to give it everything I have and whatever happens will happen. "But I know he's watching, and I know that he's going to help me, and I'm going to win for him".

Vonn, who will compete in the downhill, Super G and combined events here next week, broke down in tears when asked about the death of her grandfather and skiing mentor, Don Kildow, who died past year.

In 2010 at Vancouver, Vonn broke out, winning gold ans putting herself on the map.

Vonn said she was fortunate early in her career not to suffer many injuries, but "these last few years have really dinged me up".

"I was questioning whether I was going to bring her here because it was a long trip, but she's always with me so I figured I need her for the most important event". She has won her past three races, raising her World Cup total to 81 victories, a record for a woman and the second-most in history, five behind Ingemar Stenmark.

"Sometimes I think about Sochi, especially when I go back home after every race and see my medals, it's good memories", he said.

That made it tougher to concentrate fully, tougher to be at her best and tougher to be what she had proven to be for quite some time, which is the best female Alpine skier in the world - and with the trophies to prove it.

She estimates that she spent the equivalent of about three years on rehabilitation from various injuries; while Vonn reiterated Friday she plans to ski another season to eclipse Stenmark, when she mentioned the word "retirement", it was in the context of how long her knees will hold up. I have overcome a lot.

But the world cup hasn't been her focus this season - the Olympics has. "All those things that are kind of part of who I am sort of disappear".

She said the the pressure is even greater now because this is her last Games and "because I want to end on a high note". She enjoys sleeping the majority of the day.

"I'm feeling much better, much more like myself", a relaxed Shiffrin told reporters on Saturday.

Vonn said her increased mental strength really comes into play when she's in the starting gate.

"She is usually in the hotel room whenever I'm racing".

Not so much physically exhausted - although that is a constant factor with the daily grind of the World Cup circuit - as she was simply mentally wiped out.



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